For this week’s NightCap, we caught up with Faulkner. The bi-coastal rockers (formed in Venice, CA) hit the ground running on their journey to success. Landing an unfinished demo of their song “NY Anthem” in the hands of RZA, the Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, Faulkner captured the hip-hop legend’s interest, leading to their first major collaboration. As a result, the track can be heard at New York Yankees home games. But New York isn’t the only place giving them love. Emphasizing the term “bi-coastal,” the rockers have also been featured on iconic L.A. radio station KROQ with their single “Revolutionary” as well over two million plays on YouTube.
“Someone’s naked, no one is listening, everything is smoke and haze,” sings Lucas Asher on the title track “These Kids Nowadays” for the debut Faulkner EP Revanchist.
“The starting point for this album was listening to Wu Tang Clan’s 36 Chambers on repeat in Brooklyn,” says Asher. Also, I’ve slept with The 48 Laws of Power under my pillow for the last three years.
The result is six hypnotically subversive songs recorded at Rick Rubin’s house, with contributions from producers RZA, JP Bowersock (The Strokes) and Mark Needham (The Killers). Check out Faulkner’s – Revolutionary official music video:
NightOwl recently caught up with Faulkner to talk about their music, their latest release, and their bi-coastal nightlife excursions.
NightOwl: Tell us about how you guys got your start in the music business and who/what were your early influences?
Faulkner: We met in the LA music scene through common friends. Pretty extensive list of artists as far as influences. Faulkner draws a lot from 70s punk, 80s pop, and 90s hip-hop.
NightOwl: What was the inspiration behind the name, Faulkner?
Faulkner: Several versions and stories behind this. I’ll pick the one when we did a hat drawing.
NightOwl: Tell us about your latest release, “These Kids Nowadays”?
Faulkner: “These Kids Nowadays” is the first song we worked on together and recorded. Sort of like our “first born”, it signaled the beginning of a very big family. We knew right then we had something special we had to hold onto and keep working on. It’s very much a youthful revolt poem with an instrumentation and arrangement that spans three decades of popular music.
NightOwl: Tell us what a typical day looks like for the band?
Faulkner: All work and no play. Wait, the other way around. R-rated music-making with small meditation breaks.
NightOwl: After a concert appearance, what’s your drink of choice and your favorite spot to drink it?
Faulkner: Whiskey. Good Times At Davey Wayne’s.
NightOwl: What’s your favorite bar in LA and NYC and what’s your favorite drink when you’re there?
Faulkner: No Vacancy in LA. In NYC – No Fun, and favorite drink is Iggy Popped Collins
NightOwl: So what’s next for you? We hear you have a new tour coming up.
Faulkner: This Fall. Dates will be on our site and social media @faulknermusic.
NightOwl: Can you tell our NightOwl members a secret? Something no one know about you guys?
Faulkner: We accidentally set a boat on fire once. Lake, boat name and boat owner to remain unnamed. Nobody got hurt. We’re all still friends.